[Dixielandjazz] Show bands was live vs. recorded music

Gluetje1 at aol.com Gluetje1 at aol.com
Sun Aug 2 10:03:38 PDT 2009

Just got to hear Debbie Shreyer & Tom Olson as a duo at the 2009  Fretted 
Instrument Guild of America Convention, this year in Peoria, IL.   Debbie's 
mother there also.  Certainly no big bucks to be earned  there.  All who play 
the shows at that convention do so gratis.   Shucks, wish I would have 
known about your gigs with them Steve.  Would  have tried to pull a story or two 
from them.  Using this post to give a  plug to the book Debbie's father, 
Lowell Shreyer, wrote: "The Banjo  Entertainers: Roots to Ragtime.  If you are 
an American musical history  buff, you'll be interested.  Lowell was a 
journalist, devoted and  persistent researcher.  Lots of photos, not only 
people, but handbills and  such. Try this as a purchasing website: 
_http://www.mnheritage.com/_ (http://www.mnheritage.com/) 
In a message dated 8/2/2009 11:26:05 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

Same  thing in Atlantic City where 20 years ago, there were bands all  
over  the casinos. For example, Banjoist Debbie Schreyer and husband  
Tom  on bass worked 5 days a week at the Showboat there for seven  
years,  making about $1800 a week plus 2 meals a day. (She got a leader  
fee)  Then she and Tom free lanced on their days off. Pete Pepke and I  
did  many gigs with them in quartet form. During those years she and  
Tom  bought and paid for for a condo. When the good old days ended,they   
sold their condo and went back to Minnesota.

No, it ain't like it  used to be. Too bad we can't all go home again.   

Steve  Barbone

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